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New Zealand providing study opportunities to Vietnamese students

Released at: 09:58, 13/11/2018

New Zealand providing study opportunities to Vietnamese students

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Education New Zealand's online competitions help Vietnamese students explore overseas study experiences.

by Hung Cao

Riding the momentum from tremendous increases in international student numbers to New Zealand, Education New Zealand (ENZ) has rolled out its newest digital campaign, Future Proof 2.0, which drills down into what makes New Zealand’s style of teaching so powerful in influencing students’ future success.

As part of the campaign, Vietnamese students are given dedicated opportunities to win a seven-day trip to New Zealand to meet excellent teachers and experience first-hand the future-focused style of teaching in the country.

Showcasing leading New Zealand teachers and academics, the Future Proof 2.0 campaign highlights the quality of New Zealand’s teachers and academics and the role they can play in helping people prepare for a significantly different world. All of these experiences are available for Vietnamese students to explore when joining the “MyFutureNZ” online competition.

The latest research shows that international education contributes $5.1 billion to New Zealand’s economy, making it the country’s fourth-largest export industry. The number of international students stands at 131,000 and is increasing steadily. The positive result is attributed to the government’s recent developments, including the release of an International Education Strategy for New Zealand in August 2018.

“The Economist Intelligence Unit highlighted what New Zealand teachers have been championing for some time, that to be prepared for the future, it’s not just about what students know,” said Mr. John Laxon, ENZ Regional Director. “Students need to acquire a set of flexible skills, like creative and analytical skills, entrepreneurial skills, leadership skills, digital and technical skills, and global awareness.”

“Our universities and other tertiary institutions offer world-class teaching and research resources and strong industry collaboration. From early school days, students here are encouraged to think independently, critically and creatively, which, in turn, builds confidence and leads to high levels of innovation.”

One of the hero Kiwi teachers introduced in the Future Proof 2.0 campaign is Professor Kathleen Campbell from the University of Auckland, who investigates the origins of life on Earth and asks whether life might exist on other planets. A former researcher at NASA, she gives her students opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally.

Tan Duc Do is a Vietnamese student who did his Bachelor, Bachelor Honors, Masters’ and PhD degrees in Mathematics at the University of Auckland because of the inspiring teaching of his supervisor. “My supervisor, Associate Professor Tom ter Elst, is a great researcher and has released lots of publications,” he said. “Most of the lecturers here are working mathematicians, so they can give insight and inspiration into the subject.”

As part of the Future Proof 2.0 campaign, ENZ has organized the “MyFutureNZ” online competition for Vietnamese students, so they can explore more about the New Zealand’s world-class education. The contest has been kicked off and runs until November 30.

Besides these on-going activities, ENZ will also be collaborating closely with different partners in Vietnam to promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the area of education and bring more benefits to local students in the future.

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